Ontario parents to receive $400 per child as of April 26th

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The Ontario government has announced providing parents with $980 million in direct support as part of the Ontario COVID-19 Child Benefit.

Under this new round of funding, payments will be doubled to $400 per child and $500 for a child with special needs to help offset additional learning costs. This investment is part of the 2021 Budget, Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy.

“Since day one of this pandemic, our government has invested in safe schools, while also providing direct financial relief to hard-working moms and dads,” said Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education. “With greater access to vaccines, we will defeat this pandemic. Until we get there, our government will continue to step up to support families with additional financial support and child care relief.”

The government is automatically providing this round of payments to parents who received Support for Learners payments, and they can expect money to begin flowing on April 26, 2021. Parents who did not apply for or receive the Support for Learners program can apply for the new funding starting May 3 with a deadline of May 17.

Parents will receive $400 for each child aged 0 to Grade 12 and $500 for children and youth 21 years old or younger with special needs, doubling the $200 and $250 received in the last round. This brings the government’s direct support to parents since the start of the pandemic to more than $1.8 billion.

In the 2021 Budget, Ontario also announced that to help parents with the cost of child care and return to the workforce, the government is proposing a 20 percent enhancement to the Childcare Access and Relief from Expenses (CARE) tax credit for 2021. This would increase support from $1,250 to $1,500, on average, providing about $75 million in additional support for the child care expenses of over 300,000 families. The CARE tax credit gives eligible families the flexibility to pick the child care option that works best for them, including child care provided in centres, homes, and camps.

QUICK FACTS
The government has committed to investing up to $1 billion to support the creation of up to 30,000 new licensed child care spaces across the province, including up to 10,000 in schools.
Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy, brings total investments to $16.3 billion to protect people’s health and $23.3 billion to protect our economy. Ontario’s COVID-19 action plan support now totals $51 billion.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
2021 Budget – Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy
Apply for the Ontario Small Business Support Grant
Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19

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